Hymenocallis Pygmaea

Leo A. Martin leo@possi.org
Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:30:21 PST
Brad asked

> Am I on the right track by keeping this Hymenocallis [wet]...?

Many Hymenocallis are fully aquatic or wet-marginal plants. I couldn't get any of them
to stay alive, let alone bloom/blow/flower/effloresce/flourish/emit cuticular wax in
Phoenix until I stood them in water during the summer. This may be related to our very
low humidity, however. I would guess most of eastern Canada has higher summer humidity
than the Sonoran Desert. I know people in the southeastern USA bloom these plants in
containers that are not sitting in water.

They weren't so picky during winters past, when they were fine kept moist. Since
discovering the pond trick I have left to stand in the pond all winter. My pond has only
frozen once, during the arctic blast of December 1990. This winter I have had no frost
at all.

Leo Martin
Phoenix Arizona USA

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